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The LAUSD is set to re-evaluate a program that allows undercover cops to pose as students in order to bust student drug dealers. The School Buy program has come under fire because of questions concerning its fairness and effectiveness. Critics question whether or not serious offenders are being targeted, particularly citing the rise in the number of special education students being expelled because of offenses related to the program.

"Special-education students made up about 15% of the 191 students referred for expulsion this year, roughly the same percentage of special-education students in the district high schools.

'We're finding that more and more special-education kids are being caught," said Fonna Bishop, principal of Hollywood High School, where about a third of the students caught this year were in special education. "These are young people who have problems, learning disabilities, emotional trouble. They want to make friends, they want to be cool. They don't think about consequences.'"